At just six months old, little baby X Æ A-XII, the first child of Grimes and Elon Musk, is apparently already very much into “radical art.”
Grimes told The New York Times in a new interview that she knows this because she doesn’t restrict the type of media she consumes with her baby son, whom she calls Little X.
She first opened up about using white noise machines to help her baby fall asleep, a fairly common technique. “When you have a baby, you’re always using white noise machines,” she said. “It’s much easier to get them to sleep if you train them on some kind of audio situation. And so I was just like, could this be more artistic?”
She then revealed that she isn’t the biggest fan of baby-centered entertainment. “In general, stuff for babies is really just creatively bad,” she said. “I don’t want your first introduction to the world to just be all this aimless crap.”
So the singer used her baby as a “sounding board” to create an ambient soundtrack. The result was a lullaby, made in collaboration with Endel, an app that uses artificial intelligence.
Further explaining the inspiration behind her Endel collab, Grimes added, “OK, wait, wait. I’m not insulting babies. I’m just, it’s all very one vibe. I just feel like getting out of the like, ‘Here’s a zebra and a bear in, like, pastel color tones’ energy. That’s just one very small sort of creative lens that things can be looked at through.” She also said that babies “do have taste. They definitely like some things. They don’t like other things. They fully have opinions.”
Meanwhile, baby X is exposed to a full range of media. “I’ve watched ‘Apocalypse Now’ and stuff with my baby,” she revealed. “He’s into radical art. Like, he just actually is, and I don’t think it’s problematic to engage with them on that level.”
X’s taste also helped construct the lullaby. “The first version, there was too many sort of sharp bells, and it caused tears and just general chaos,” she said, adding that as she continued to tweak the track, “X would smile more and stuff.”
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